• Fair Maintainable Trade* (FMT) Net Turnover: £660k per annum
  • Rent: 10% of Net Turnover, Base Rent £55k per annum
  • Wet/Dry/Accommodation split: 35%/60%/5%
  • Idyllic rural location, close to main transport links
  • Newly refurbished to a very high standard
  • Brand new boutique guest bedrooms
  • Substantial domestic accommodation with separate entrances

Internally, the ground floor trading area is split into two main areas. To one side is an open plan bar/restaurant with servery, and to the other side is a recently refurbished conservatory. In total there are approximately 100 covers. Behind the bar is a fully fitted trade kitchen with walk in fridge, and the ladies’ and gentlemen’s WC’s and the cellar are accessed via the main bar area. The well-kept spacious garden is fully functional with room to accommodate up to 30 covers.  In addition, the Cowdray Arms benefits from 3 newly refurbished, stylish guest bedrooms which are a valuable asset to this attractive pub.


Quality and service are the two fundamental pillars in the success of a destination dining pub. The successful applicant will need to have a well honed offer, which will be based on some sound research into the demographics and understanding of the local competition. Casual dining has its place, but destination dining is an experience! When a pub gets this right, word spreads, and the pub enjoys lots of repeat custom. We are looking for operators with some flair, a desire for delivering quality, and the ability to develop menus that are executed with pride and excellence.

Attention to detail is important, and the ability to create the perfect atmosphere and deliver top notch customer service alongside delicious food is key. Operators of our country pubs need to have the ability to not only deliver an amazing offer but also to market their pubs locally and to drive custom from further afield.

At first floor level, there is manager’s accommodation consisting of three bedrooms, a lounge, and bathroom. There is separate access via the rear of the pub. The single storey self-contained unit provides further manager’s accommodation with a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and storage room.

Top Line Figures

  • Rent: 10% of Net Turnover, Base Rent £55,000 per annum
  • Initial Investment: £40,000
  • Fair Maintainable Trade* (FMT) Turnover: £660,000 per annum

Full Investment Breakdown †

  • Deposit: £7,500
  • Training Fee: £1,000 plus VAT
  • Working Capital: £30,000
  • Fixtures & Fittings: £50,000 (Inventory is an estimate net of VAT. Loan facilities are available for the purchase of fixtures and fittings).

Additional Information

  • Estimated Wet/Dry/Accommodation Split: 35%/60%/5%
  • Business Rates: £22,389
  • Available From: Immediately
  • Closing Date: 31/07/2020
  • Last 3 year Volume
  • Beer & Cider - Barrels
  • Wines - Litres
  • Spirits - Litres
  • Soft Drinks - Litres
  • Current Year
  • 72
  • 1970
  • 40
  • 1850
  • Last Year
  • 11
  • 340
  • 40
  • 770
  • 2 Years Previous
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

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The Cowdray Arms serves a great range of high quality pub classics, with a contemporary twist.  There is a strong concept of using only fresh, locally sourced produce for the dishes on the pub’s carefully created menus, which include separate children’s, tapas and Sunday menus, as well as a wonderfully diverse gin menu.  All types of guest are catered for and there are regular evening events at the pub.


* Fair Maintainable Trade (FMT) is the level of turnover and profit that we believe that the business is capable of delivering if being operated competently. The FMT is usually calculated by the Business Development Partner for the pub, who will produce a shadow profit and loss account for the business which supports the rent. A copy of the shadow profit and loss account will be provided during the recruitment process. Please see our Code of Practice for more information on FMT and rent. The Fair Maintainable Trade is not a guarantee of levels of trade or profit that will be made from the business – we strongly recommend you seek appropriate independent legal and business advice as part of your Business Plan.

† The Full Investment Breakdown for each public house is higher than the minimum investment we will accept because potential Business Partners with the minimum investment available can still be accepted as we are able to offer them financial support for the rest of the monies. The working capital incorporates the purchase of stock, glassware, loose catering effects and valuer fees – please note the number quoted on this website are based on estimates. The exact costs will be determined on the day you take on the public house by independent valuers and stock takers. Please see our Code of Practice for more information about investment.

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